Frederick Community College’s Internship Fair: A Gateway to Opportunities

Frederick Community College hosted its Internship Fair on Feb. 14, bringing a turnout of eager students and numerous participating companies. About 15 companies from across Frederick County filled the Student Center, ready to offer guidance for students to explore their future paths. 

Madelyn Hegler,19, of Frederick is a first-year nursing student completing her second semester at FCC, attended the Internship Fair.

“I love anatomy and physiology asked about her choice of major. “I love anatomy and physiology and helping people.”

At the Internship Fair, Hegler visited the Prichett Controls booth. She “had connections to the company and wanted to say hi.”

She said she had her sights set on Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.  

Colby Rosner, 20, of Middletown, is a second-year computer science student at FCC. He was looking for a business where he can get hands-on training. He said he wanted to go into the cybersecurity field. Rosner visited the National Security Agency booth during the fair. He said he wished Lockheed Martin was at the fair “because they make weapons and pretty cool things, and they pay very well.”  

Tara Julian, the human resources manager at Phoenix Mecano, one of the companies represented at the fair, said Phoenix Mecano is hiring for “assembly positions, production and machine operators, and logistics.” The internship, she said, involves “hands-on experience and a chance to network. They have to be curious, and they have to show us they have a drive,” Julian said about the type of person they are looking for. Julian said she enjoys working at Phoenix Mecano. “I love HR and I love helping people. I think that working for the manufacturer has been amazing. Frederick’s a great community and I love just being able to know all the people in the building.” 

Frederick County Sherriff’s Office was represented at the Internship Fair by Deputy Maggie Humphrey. “Growing up, my grandfather and my dad both joined the Army and went into law enforcement. So right out of high school, I joined the Army and kept following it to law enforcement,” she said. On a day-to-day, Humphrey said she must “respond to 911 calls, work in traffic enforcement, and do basic police work.” Although the Sheriff’s Office does not offer many internship opportunities, there are openings for “deputy sheriffs and correctional officers at the entry level.”  

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